Thankfulness

I just got back from LA.  While I was there I was able to attend a live lecture given by R. C. Sproul — a man who has come to mean a lot to me.  Why?  Because he teaches!  He doesn’t tickle ears.  He teaches truth — accurately and intelligently.

I am so thankful for his faithfulness to scripture and for his passion to  unashamedly proclaim the truth of God, especially when that truth is sometimes difficult to understand.  Especially when that truth contradicts the culture of the contemporary church’s flimsy effort to teach the Bible.

Perhaps that sounds a bit judgmental, but having traveled around many different church circles — seriously trying to find intelligent teaching — I feel I have a pretty good handle on the contemporary church.  It is simply — lacking.

If you haven’t ever listened to Sproul, or read his books, you really should.  He is succinct and clear.  That works well for a black and white person like me.  He won’t sugar coat it for you.  Again, thank you, R.C.!  There aren’t enough words to express my gratitude.

You can find a lot of Sproul’s books here. (Very well priced, I might add.)  If you need a place to start the learning process, I would recommend Knowing Scripture and What is Reformed Theology?

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Stephanie Green on April 17, 2010 at 8:51 PM

    I actually haven’t read or heard much of his teaching. But the one thing I remember hearing from him was so awesome. I can’t remember his exact words, but it goes something like this. On the topic of the Emergent Church (aka the Post-Modern Church), he said the Holy Spirit provides the itch that drives people to seek the Truth. But the churches that spend all of their time addresses peoples problems and how to “fix them” only serve as a balm to soothe that itch. And then shortly after hearing him say that, I was reading the parable about the evil spirit that left it’s home and went out into the desert. But then it gathered seven more evil spirits and went back to it’s house and found it all nice and clean so they moved right on in. My jaw just dropped when I realized this was the same thing R.C. was talking about. Until a person has Jesus in their heart, they are susceptible to the deceptions of the adversary. And if we just help people clean up their lives (which seems to be much of the agenda in most churches these days….properity seekers….not just money but emotional prosperity, intellectual, physcial, etc) then we’re keeping them from the very thing they need. So….if I never learn anything else from R.C. Sproul, THAT ONE lesson was profound enough to last a lifetime. 🙂

  2. So well said, Steph! Seriously – if you have ITunes, start to podcast Sproul. Look for Renewing Your Mind. THen podcast the White Horse Inn. If you have never listened to that one, it’s awesome. You can find them on the websites also. Sproul’s is: here. White Horse Inn is: here. The White Horse Inn talks about the contemporary church and exactly what you just said above. Looking forward to getting to know you better — sorry I’m in a rush tonight but I have to get ready for the kiddos. Pray for sponsors!

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